Working and Playing in Wichita

Before the pandemic, Kalen traveled pretty frequently for work, most frequently to San Francisco, Chicago, and Rhode Island, but he rarely got more than a week's notice for his trips. My previous employer required vacation requests to be submitted a month (more often, six weeks) ahead of time, so I only got to travel with... Continue Reading →

Day Trip to Crystal Bridges

Since we moved to Southwest Missouri, Kalen and I have heard numerous people talk about Crystal Bridges. It took us a while to grasp the idea that one could make a quick day trip to another state, but we've gotten used to that (almost), and now, after having lived here for almost eight years, we... Continue Reading →

Wanderlust

I didn't sleep very well last night. I actually had a dream that I was tired, but had to wait for something to happen before I could go to bed. It felt like that Mitch Hedberg bit about not wanting to dream because next thing you know you have to build a go kart with... Continue Reading →

Universal Translator

I love language. After time-travel, the alien language translator is probably one of my favorite science fiction themes. Most science fiction uses the highly-technical automatic translator as a simple solution to the obvious problem of interplanetary linguistic differences. After all, it doesn't take a ton of critical thinking to recognize that Joe from the Bronx... Continue Reading →

Paddleboarding Shoal Creek

When I first bought my paddleboard, I dreamt of paddling along quiet rivers like the canoe float trips that are so popular in midwest summers. I haven't been canoeing in a long time and wanted to combine what I recall of those trips with the unique way a paddleboard allows you to be both closer... Continue Reading →

Short Stay Vacay

Summer weather is undeniably here. We've had heat advisories the last several days as temperatures remind me of my elementary school days (which is to say, "in the mid-90's") and humidity thickens to the point that just stepping outside results in a fine sheen of sticky sweat. It's kind of terrible, but a sick part... Continue Reading →

Further Adventures in Paddle Boarding

We just got back from a weekend with my parents at the lake. Growing up in central Missouri, I was aware of two lakes. Almost anyone I encountered outside of my immediate family referring generally to "the lake" meant Lake of the Ozarks, and if my family was saying "the lake," it meant Truman Lake.... Continue Reading →

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